Dispatcher, mass shooting survivor commemorate bond with tattoos

Dispatcher Jessica Brooks and Yvens Carrenard bonded after Brooks stayed on the phone with Carrenard during the shooting until he could be rescued

By EMS1 Staff

ORLANDO — A dispatcher and a Pulse Nightclub shooting survivor who connected after the tragic incident commemorated their bond with tattoos.

FOX 35 reported that 911 dispatcher Jessica Brooks kept in touch with Yvens Carrenard after staying on the phone with him for 20 minutes while he hid in the bathroom of the Pulse Nightclub until he could be rescued.

“She was the one that kept me calm and guided SWAT to come get me,” Carrenard said.

The two decided to highlight their friendship by getting tattoos through a program called Healing Ink, according to WOGX.

The program helps survivors and responders move on from tragic events by offering free tattoos to cover up both physical and mental scars.

Brooks decided on a butterfly to remind her of the silver linings of tragedy, and Carrenard’s warrior tattoo will remind him of strong female figures in his life, such as Brooks.


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